Hope, Strength, and Healing for families coping with a child cancer diagnosis

Meet Keaton Kiddo ~ Ryland

Ryland, is 8 months old and was recently diagnosed with Leukemia, a cancer of blood cells and bone marrow, on March 10th, 2020. Ryland is an adorable little kiddo who enjoys watching “Babybum”.

After his diagnosis, Ryland’s family was commuting between Magalia and Sacramento so that he could receive his treatment at UC Davis. During the beginning of his treatment and due to the impact of COVID-19, Ryland’s parents were unable to both be at bedside with him while he was admitted. While mom remained by his side, Ryland’s father continued to commute two hours between Magalia and Sacramento and even rented hotels nearby to be by Ryland’s side. Thankfully, the family is now staying at the Ronald McDonald House while Ryland receives further treatment for the next few weeks!

After connecting with Ryland’s family, the Family Navigator Team has supported the family with a personalized Hope Chest, food cards and Raley’s grocery bag donations. We were also fortunate enough to collaborate with an outside organization, Chicks in Crisis, and support the family with some diapers and wipes donations for Ryland!

Thus far, Ryland has been responding fairly well to treatment and is remaining a strong little fighter!

“As of a few days ago, he is 80% cancer free” – Ryland’s mom, April 28th, 2020

The family has expressed so much gratitude towards Keaton’s and continues to be positive and hopeful! The Family Navigator Team is more than happy to continue connecting with the family during their fight against childhood cancer and throughout their journey!

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Jonhelle

Meet Keaton Kiddo Jonhelle, a sweet 9-year-old girl who loves painting, drawing, and biking. At just 6-years old, in August of 2020, Jonhelle was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as ALL. With her diagnosis occurring in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, her family came across many emotional and financial stressors, and faced much isolation as a family, as Jonhelle had two siblings at home.

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Keaton’s Kiddo Update – Lea

Princess Lea, 6 years old, loves playing outdoors, painting, coloring, playing with her siblings, and everything Jojo Siwa! Lea’s life-changing journey began November 30, 2020 in the midst of COVID, when she began experiencing excruciating pain. After 11 days of multiple tests and having her bone marrow examined, Lea was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 3.5. Over the next 2 years she received aggressive treatment and participated in a clinical trial as well. She has been in remission since February 2021 and continued her active treatment journey.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Santiago

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Sweet Santiago! He is a 2-year-old who loves being outside and playing. Santiago was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor about 8 months ago. Wilms tumor is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Also known as nephroblastoma, it is the most common cancer of the kidneys in children. This diagnosis did not stop Santiago from being resilient!

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